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DeMarcus Cousins Torn ACL, Bryce Harper’s Walkoff Grand slam

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Former Golden State Warrior and current LA Laker, DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL injury that could cause him to miss most if not all of next season. The four-time NBA All-Star missed most of last season with the Warriors due to an Achilles tear and quad injury.

BASEBALL

The biggest story in Major League Baseball yesterday was the Chicago Cubs meltdown, and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper hitting a walkoff grand slam to give the Phillies a comeback win from a deficit of 5-1. According to the stats, the Cubs had a 99.4 percent chance of winning the game before the Phillies clawed their way back.

 

 

 

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Alex Morgan And Giannis Antetokounmpo Win Best Athletes At ESPY Awards

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On Wednesday night athletes celebrated the best in sports with the 27th annual ESPY awards. Comedian Tracy Morgan hosted the awards show but got slammed by critics for his opening monologue where they felt he spent too much time talking about his settlement from Walmart after his car accident five years ago. As for the awards, the best female athlete went to U.S. Women’s National Team’s Alex Morgan, and best male athlete went to Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley won the best breakthrough athlete and Duke’s Zion Williamson won best college athlete. For all the other awards, click here.

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Jeopardy Phenom Finally Loses, Kawhi’s Lawsuit Against Nike

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Jeopardy phenom James Holzhauer’s run is finally over. On Monday night, Holzhauer answered his Final Jeopardy question correctly but didn’t wage enough money and lost to Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher. Holzhauer explained his strategy, “I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet. So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Emma misses) into a parlay (Emma misses and I get it right).”

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard recently filed a lawsuit against Nike. He is claiming the company committed fraud by using a logo Leonard designed (called “Klaw”), falsely taking credit for the design, and applying for copyright registration. Leonard’s endorsement deal with Nike expired at the end of September 2018. He is now currently working with New Balance. Kawhi is currently in California preparing for Wednesday’s game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

 

 

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Warriors Take Game 2, Durant Out For Series, Bruins Advance To Stanley Cup

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The Golden State Warriors came back strong to erase a 15-point deficit and beat the Portland Trail Blazers in game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steph Curry scored 37 points while battling it out with his little brother, Portland guard Seth Curry. The parents of Steph and Seth, Dell and Sonya Curry, have been wearing alternate Trail Blazer and Warrior jerseys to each game so as not to play favorites. The Warriors are up 2-0 with game 3 on Saturday night in Portland. Golden State 114, Portland 111

Golden State’s Kevin Durant will likely miss games 3 and 4 of the series due to a strained calf, but could return by the Finals if the Warriors advance.

HOCKEY

In the NHL playoffs, the Boston Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes. This will be their third trip to the finals since 2011. The Bruins will take on either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks lead the series 2-1.

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Tennis Price Fixing, Murray May Retire, Divisional Round Schedule, Tebow Engaged To Miss Universe

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Spanish police have arrested 15 people so far, including some professional tennis players,  over a price fixing scheme linked to an Armenian ring. According to the authorities, players took bribes from the Armenian group in exchange for fixing the results of their matches.

In advance of the upcoming Australian Open, former US Open and Wimbledon Champ, Andy Murray announced he might be retiring after the tournament. At 31 years old, Murray has suffered from hip issues and had hip surgery last January. Murray’s retirement will be a big blow to the sport as he, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the main draws in men’s tennis.

FOOTBALL

Here’s the schedule for the NFL divisional round playoffs this weekend (all times EST):

Saturday: 4:35 pm-Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs

Saturday: 8:15 pm-Dallas vs Los Angeles Rams

Sunday: 1:05 pm-Los Angeles Chargers vs New England Patriots

Sunday: 4:40 pm-Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints

 

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Tim Tebow, former Heisman trophy winner, NFL player with the Broncos and Jets and currently in the NY Mets farm system, is recently engaged to Miss Universe 2017, DemiLeigh NelPeters from South Africa.

 

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Embiid Is Back, Warriors And Pelicans Win Game 3, Yankees Invite 4th Grader To Lunch

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Game 3 NBA Playoff updates:

Joel Embiid is back on the court after three weeks on the bench due to a fractured orbital bone.  Wearing an intimidating mask for protection,  he came back with a vengeance and scored 23 points for a 128-108 win over the Miami Heat, putting the 76ers up 2-1 in the series. Speaking of the now infamous mask, the Sixers spent quite a bit of time and money (and worked with the University of Pennsylvania) ensuring the mask could adequately protect Embiid.

The Golden State Warriors are one game away from a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs with their game 3 win on Thursday. It was a tough night for the Spurs as they were mourning the passing of Greg Popovich’s wife Erin, who had suffered from a long-term illness.

The New Orleans Pelicans are also one win away from a sweep over the Portland Trailblazers. The Pelicans Nikola Mirotic scored a career playoff high of 30 points. He is the third Pelican to score at least 30 points in the first three games of the series, joining Anthony Davis who scored 35 points in game 1 and Jrue Holiday who scored 33 in game 2.

BASEBALL

The New York Yankees are hoping to help end bullying. They posted a video in response to a video from a 10-year-old girl who recorded a video describing how she was bullied every day at school. A number of Yankee players then recorded a video showing their support of her courage and inviting her to come sit with them at their lunch table. According to Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, “All of (the) guys were really excited to be a part of that. To stand up for something like that was an easy call for us as an organization, for our players. Hopefully we can make a difference not only in this situation, but across the country. It’s not OK.”

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LeBron Scores Early And Often, Mitchell Makes Statement, Rockets Win, Gronk Derby Bound

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Wednesday night NBA playoff highlights:

LeBron James scored early and often to lead the Cavaliers to a game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers. LeBron finished with 46 points in a 100-97 victory to even the series 1-1.

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is making a statement. In his first two playoff games he’s scored 55 points, the most points by a guard in the beginning two games of the postseason. Michael Jordan previously held the record in 1985 with 53 points in his initial two postseason games. Jazz have now tied the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder  1-1.

The Houston Rockets are making the postseason look easy as they cruised to a 102-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. They lead the series 2-0.

Horse Racing

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski bougth a stake in the Kentucky Derby horse named after him. The owners of  the 3 year old thoroughbred “Gronkowski” are big Patriots fans and named their horse after one of their favorite players. Gronkowski plans to meet his namesake (currently a 30-1 odd favorite) sometime before the Derby on May 5th.  Gronkowski said, “It will be a new experience. Hopefully it will be something I like. I like new hobbies.”

 

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UConn, Mississippi State, Notre Dame Louisville Advance To Final Four, Markelle Fultz Returns, OBJ To Rams?

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UConn crushed #2, South Carolina, to advance to the Women’s Final Four, marking a record 11th consecutive time reaching the semis. Even though UConn has appeared in the Final Four more than any other women’s division 1 team, this powerhouse did not win the Championship last year. They lost to Mississippi State in overtime last year. The UConn Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night with the hopes of avenging last year’s disappointment in not making it to the championship game.

Mississippi State will make its second-ever appearance in the Final Four after beating UCLA. They will play Louisville. Games begin at 7:00 pm Friday night March 30th.

In NBA news, #1 pick in the 2017 draft, Markelle Fultz returned to the court on Monday night and scored 10 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Fultz has been injured most of his rookie season, but now that the Philadelphia 76ers have secured a spot in the playoffs, the team is bringing him out to see what he can do.

FOOTBALL

There’s been much discussion lately about where the New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr will end up. The Giants want a first-round pick and other incentives for their star receiver. The latest suitor is the Los Angeles Rams. Remains to be seen if they can make a deal.

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Sweet 16 Rounds, Howard Historic 32-30, Marry Darnold Don’t Date Him

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The March Madness sweet 16 round begins Thursday night with #7 Nevada vs #11 Loyola-Chicago, #3 Michigan vs #7 Texas A&M, #5 Kentucky vs #9 Kansas State and #4 Gonzaga vs #9 Florida State. On Friday, we’ll have four more games featuring #1 Kansas vs #5 Clemson, #1 Villanova vs #5 West Virginia, #2 Duke vs #11 Syracuse and #2 Purdue vs #3 Texas Tech.

The Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard had a historic night against the Brooklyn Nets by scoring 32 points and grabbing 30 rebounds. Howard is only the 8th player in NBA history to record these stats, and the only other player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976 to post a 30-30 game against the Nets.  Howard credits a text from a friend saying,  “Got a text at halftime from somebody and it kind of got me motivated and gave me some extra energy.”

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The NFL draft is only 5 weeks away and the big question is which quarterback will go #1. USC’s Sam Darnold had a solid pro-day workout on Wednesday with many speculating he’ll go #1 to the Cleveland Browns. Other potential #1 quarterback picks are Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. According to Darnold’s trainer, Jordan Palmer, “Sam is not the kid you speed-date. He’s the kid you marry. As he goes through this process and gets to spend a bunch of time with Cleveland and some of these other teams, it’s very predictable for people — like myself — who are in his circle that people will fall in love the more they get to know him.”

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March Madness Selection Sunday, Buffett Offering $1-$2 Million For Perfect Brackets

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March Madness is almost here and selection day where all 68 college teams earn a bid is Sunday March 11th. The NCAA is changing up the format this year where they’ll announce all teams wishin the first 10 minutes then announce the brackets later. In the past the brackets and teams were announced together, but it took awhile for certain teams to know if they were in. Now with social media, the teams will be leaked anyway, so the NCAA figured they would mix it up this year.  According to the executive VP and chief content officer at Turner Sports, Craig Barry, “Our decision came down to, No. 1, getting the information out there as fast as possible. The second part was really to have an impact on the first segment. It’s been something we’ve been talking about since we began the partnership (in 2011).”

If you’re an employee of Berkshire Hathaway the NCAA tournament could be even more exciting. Warren Buffett is offering up $1 million and potentially $2 million for life if you have perfect pics. So this is how it works: If you pick a perfect Sweet 16 bracket, you’ll get the $1 million for life, and if you get all the way with a perfect bracket, you could win the $2 mill. According to the Washington Post stats, “Only 18 of the 18.8 million brackets completed on ESPN.com last year got the Sweet 16 correct, and no one made it to the end blemish-free”, so it’s long haul.

 

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